By: Alan Tecchio
Welcome to the first MotorMouth column of 2019! I’m going to start off with a rider feature that harkens back to my early days as a heavy metal singer. I ran into drummer Scott Duboys at a Glenn Hughes show at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park last fall and we
ended up reconnecting and recounting our band days. Little did I know we would also soon be riding together! After learning that Scott was also a passionate moto rider, we got together a few weeks later for a killer backroad ride through New Jersey and New York. Scott and I were not actually close friends back in the day but knew of each other through the music scene. It’s awesome
that the world of motorcycling brought us back together all these years later. That is certain proof that motos do indeed build bonds in case you had any doubts. But back to Scott… He played in Nuclear Assault from 1984 to 1985, Cities from 1985
to 1986, Von Helsing from 1987 to 1988, The Cycle Sluts From Hell from 1988 to 1990 and Warrior Soul from 1994 to 1995.
Scott is pictured here with his 2009 BMW K1200LT which was the last production year for that model. At the time it was BMW’s
flagship touring model until the K1600GT came out in 2012. Scott bought his LT pre-owned (when the GT was actually already available) but opted for the LT because he had already owned a 2002, a 2004 and two 2009 models and preferred them to the GT. In Scott’s own words, “One interesting fact about the LT that I love is that it employs a hydraulic center stand which is something I’m not sure exists on any other production motorcycle.”
Back in December I once again attended the Progressive International Motorcycle Show at the Jacob Javits convention
center in Manhattan. I have to say that these organizers make this show better and better every year. The aisles were nice and wide and their interactive offerings were super cool. Things like test rides of Yamaha battery assisted bicycles (restricted to 12 mph) and Zero electric motorcycles, wheelie lessons on rear wheeltethered Zero’s, shifting lessons on a dyno-mounted HarleyDavidson Street Bob, a virtual reality moto ride, free massage lounge chair sessions and even free root beer floats!
My personal faves from the show are pictured here including the brand new Suzuki Katana 1000. The Katana picture shows the
first iteration of the bike from 1982 with the 2019 model in the background. Fun fact: The original Katana was designed by Hans Muth ex-chief of styling for BMW. It has very different lines compared to other bikes of its ilk and era. Many years ago I
actually owned a 1988 Katana in Austin, Texas when I joined the band Watchtower. That band and bike both rocked!
Jennifer Hoyer (pictured) from Harley-Davidson told the gathered journalists at the press intro that H-D plans to have a
full line of electric bikes by 2022 which is huge news. And I was finally able to throw a leg over the futuristic Yamaha Niken. Now
if only I could procure one of those for a review!